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The Hive is partnering with the Center for Contemplation and Action, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to host a tristate experience of “Conspire! 2018.” Gather with other local contemplatives to explore the theme, “the path of descent is the path of transformation."  This tristate gathering will include small group discussion, facilitated break out groups, and viewing and conversations prompted by videos from keynote speaker's presentations only weeks earlier (edited to ensure quality). 

"No one would choose such upheaval consciously; we must somehow ‘fall’ into it.Those who are too carefully engineering their own superiority systems will usually not allow it at all. It is much more done to you than anything you do yourself...The human ego prefers anything, just about anything, to falling or changing or dying." —Fr. Richard Rohr

How do we change and grow? How do we become our most whole selves, deeply connected with God and others? How do we learn to experience ourselves as interconnected so that we can truly love? The mystics of many spiritual traditions teach the path of descent—surrender, generative self-emptying, dying before you die—as the way of transformation. More than ideas or success, uncertainty, failure, relapse, suffering (personal and communal), and woundedness are our primary teachers.

We invite you to reconsider darkness as sacred and find companionship, community, and courage for your own unique journey of becoming Love in our world. The Hive is intentionally an inter-spiritual community. The keynotes and themes for this Down Conference will draw upon Hebrew Scriptures and Christian mystical traditions, the Franciscan lineage of Fr. Richard Rohr, as well as the diverse experience of our participants. Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your path, you are welcome!"


Learn more about these presenters here.


Friday, September 14
11am-12:30pm Registration at The Hive
1pm -5pm PART ONE: Contemplative Practice... in Real Life

  • *Keynotes from Richard Rohr and Maraibi Star
  • Small Group Conversations facilitated by Troy Bronsink
  • Break out **Workshops by Hive Facilitators
  • Closing Group Practice

*We will be together, viewing edited keynotes produced from the CAC's Conspire 2018 conference. 
**All registrants will recieve Workshop signups beginning Sept 2, ranging from Yoga, to Second Half of Life, to Art, to Centering Prayer and more

7pm - 9pm Happy Hour at The Hive

  • Open to all guests and Hive members, and Living School Alumni

Saturday, September 15

8:30am Registration at The Hive
9am- 12pm PART TWO: Falling Upwards into Life’s Second Half

  • *Keynotes from Richard Rohr and Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Small Group Conversations facilitated by Troy Bronsink and Hive Facilitators
  • Break out **Workshops by Hive Facilitators
  • Shared Practice

(box lunch available for purchase or included full week ticket)

12:30pm Registration at The Hive
1pm- 5pm PART THREE: Justice and a View from Underneath

  • Group Contemplative Practice
  • *Keynotes from Barbara Holmes and Brian McLaren
  • Small Group Conversations Facilitated by Troy Bronsink and Hive Facilitators
  • BreakOut  **Workshops by Hive Facilitators

Sunday, September 16

10am-11am Inter-Community Worship
11am-12pm Table Gathering (Pot Luck)
12:00pm  Registration at The Hive
12:30pm-4pm   PART FOUR: Past Ego into Re-Including Darkness

  • *Mirabai Starr, Barbara Holmes and Richard Rohr Panel Discussions
  • Break out **Workshops with Hive Facilitators
  • Small Group Conversations Facilitated by Hive Facilitators
  • Closing Contemplative Practice

For questions contact or call (513) 813-8769

We need to deeply trust and allow both our own dyings and our own certain resurrections, just as Jesus did! This is the full pattern of transformation. If we trust both, we are indestructible. That is how Jesus “saves” us from meaninglessness, cynicism, hatred, and violence—which is indeed death. —Richard Rohr

In the beginning there is darkness. It is the womb out of which we are born. Darkness may be the blessed dimming of ego-driven striving, a destination and condition of safety and repose. In this state of trusting refuge, the light of divine revelation, which pierces but does not castigate the darkness, may finally be seen. This is a mothering darkness that nurses its offspring. —Barbara Holmes

Comfort and power can become great enemies of true spirituality, which explains why we often say that the prophets come not only to comfort the afflicted, but also to afflict the comfortable. —Brian McLaren

I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light. 
—Barbara Brown Taylor

Everything we thought we knew feels like it is unraveling and we have nowhere to turn but into the center of radical unknowing. Like a physical desert, this seemingly barren space teems with spiritual energy. God lives here, hidden under every stone, flaming from the harsh sun, concealed by the crescent moon. —Mirabai Starr